Viaspace conducting engineering plan for biogas plant in Papua New Guinea
Viaspace has been engaged by Clean Energy Solutions Pacific (CES), an independent power producer focused on developing power for energy markets, to provide engineering and design work for a 2MW biogas power plant fuelled by Giant King Grass.
The CES project located in Papua New Guinea is to own and operate a biogas power plant and Giant King Grass plantation that delivers reliable electricity to the grid to meet the customer demand profile, under a power purchase agreement from the government electricity company.
Previously, CES contracted with Viaspace for an operations plan including the Giant King Grass plantation. Viaspace's current assignment with CES is to produce a design of the entire biogas power plant including Giant King Grass receiving areas, grass storage, fuel feeding, primary and secondary anaerobic digesters, biogas treatment and storage, engine/generators, control equipment and output transformers to the grid. Viaspace is involved with the selection of equipment suppliers, and providing required specifications and quantities of materials for the project. It is also providing operations, maintenance, and staffing requirements.
Viaspace CEO Dr Carl Kukkonen says: 'Viaspace can provide complete turnkey solutions to customers including the Giant King Grass plantation and the power plant. Our project in Nicaragua is 12MW and utilises direct combustion of the Giant King Grass to produce electricity. For smaller applications such as for CES, anaerobic digestion of the Giant King Grass to produce methane rich biogas that fuels an engine that turns a generator to produce electricity is the right solution.'
CES chief operations officer McCabe Cox adds: 'Our biogas power plant will provide badly needed base load power for a remote area in Papua New Guinea. It is a clean and renewable alternative to oil-based electricity.'